We’ve been talking about street cleaning since Mayor Jim Kenney was candidate Jim Kenney. Nearly two years into his tenure, Philly still hasn’t resurrected regular street sweeping.
One reason? Parking. In order for the city to send sweep trucks down streets, people need to move their cars. Yep. Give. Up. A. Parking. Spot. Kenney has said he wants to bring back the sweeps as long as people are willing to move their cars.
It appears hell has officially frozen over, because in a recent survey asking residents to weigh in on city services, responses indicate cleanliness is more important than parking. When asked what their top three priorities are for the city to focus on, survey responders were interested in safety, streets, infrastructure, development and a whole bunch of other things that aren’t parking.